Joey Logano Wins A Thrilling Zippo 200 At Watkins Glen

Team Penske started 1-2 and nearly finished there on Saturday at the Watkins Glen International. While most would think that this wasn’t much of a show if you look at the box score, it was very much one of the better races of the season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

For the third time in the last four years, Joey Logano drove to victory lane in the Zippo 200. Logano, made a bold move to get by Ryan Preece on Lap 74 and never looked back en route to his 30th career XFINITY Series victory. 

His pit call proved to be the best as he stayed on his Goodyear wet tires longer than everyone else which meant that when he moved to the slicks, his tires were fresher than everyone else’s too. He charged through the field in the end and due to the help of a couple of late race cautions, he was able to earn his second win of the 2018 season.

On Lap 66, Josh Bilicki stalled in Turn 1. Logano, moved up to fifth at that point. On the ensuing restart, he’s move up to third before a caution flew on Lap 71 for another stalled vehicle. On the final restart, Logano and Ryan Preece made it three wide for the lead with Brad Keselowski heading into Turn 1. Preece, initially took the lead before Logano got by one lap later.

Keselowski, got back by Preece for second and was hard on the bumper of Logano before spinning out in Turn 1 with three laps-to-go. He’d finish 10th as a result of that late race mistake.

Logano, wasn’t challenged from there as he led a race high 31 of the 82 laps on Saturday.

AJ Allmendinger finished runner-up in his No. 23 Chevrolet in his first ever XFINITY Series start at Watkins Glen. Both he and third place finisher Justin Allgaier made up for pit road problems to finish in the top three as Allgaier brought his No. 7 Chevrolet home third.

Allmendinger, pit outside of his pit box and would lose a lap as a result. But, he found his way back on the lead lap and finished second. Allgaier, had a slow stop to avoid a lapped car coming into his pit box while Allgaier was exiting.

Preece, finished fourth in his No. 18 Toyota while Aric Almirola rounded out the top five. The series will stay on road racing for another week as they’ll hit the Mid-Ohio road course next weekend.

Zippo 200 Results

  1. 22 Logano
  2. 23 Allmendinger
  3.  7 Allgaier
  4. 18 Preece
  5. 98 Almirola
  6. 00 Custer
  7. 19 Jones
  8. 16 Reed
  9. 20 Bell R
  10. 12 Keselowski
  11.  9 Reddick R
  12.  1 Sadler
  13. 60 Cindric R
  14. 51 Clements
  15. 61 Grala R
  16. 21 Hemric
  17.  5 Annett
  18. 11 Truex
  19. 36 Labbe R
  20.  4 Chastain
  21. 90 Henderson
  22. 35 Gase
  23.  0 Smithley
  24. 76 Boyd R -1
  25.  3 Dillon -4
  26. 39 Sieg -5
  27. 42 Larson -5
  28. 15 Skeen -6
  29. 40 Finchum R -8
  30.  8 Heckert OUT
  31. 17 Gonzalez Jr. -12
  32. 45 Bilicki R OUT
  33. 52 Starr OUT
  34. 38 Yeley OUT
  35. 01 Miller R OUT
  36. 66 Hill OUT
  37.  2 Tifft OUT
  38. 24 Haley OUT
  39. 93 Green OUT
  40. 78 Martins OUT

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